Naughty Millwall – but are they the worst behaved?

On Saturday 19th February a soccer game between Millwall and Middlesbrough was almost cancelled due to crowd trouble. While the events must not be condoned, it is worth remembering that this is nothing compared to some of the scenes seen in English football during the 1980s where deaths were extremely rare, but not uncommon. The introduction of all-seater stadia after the Hillsborough disaster is largely seen as contributing towards the reduction of football violence. However, in recent years another tactic has been used by the police – banning orders. A football banning order is a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from attending football matches and can last between three and ten years.